Pandemic task force IDs still valid: Interior chief

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2020 11:54 AM

Highway Patrol Group personnel check the identification and ECQ passes of a motorist at a checkpoint along EDSA and Santolan in Quezon City on April 21, 2020. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

MANILA-- Special passes issued by the government's Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on pandemic response will remain valid, a top government official said Thursday despite the expiry of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Authorities will still honor IATF IDs, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said even though these have a printed June 20 expiry date.

"Yan naman ay iho-honor pa rin natin. Kung irerenew pa natin yan maraming trabaho pa rin, di naman nabago yung pagkatao nung may hawak ng ID," he said in a virtual press briefing.

(We will still honor that. It will take a lot of work if we renew that given that the identity of the bearer of the ID remains the same.)

"Mayroon naman silang kasamang accompanying company. Ihohonor pa rin natin," he added.

(They also have company IDs that are also honored. We will still honor IATF IDs)

The government initially issued IATF IDs at the start of the lockdowns in March to allow workers in essential industries to pass smoothly through checkpoints while the rest of the population was told to stay home.

It was only this month that the government started to largely ease lockdowns across the country to revive the economy that was tipped for a recession this year.

Most parts of the country have shifted to a more relaxed general community quarantine, and modified general community quarantine with the exemption of Cebu City and Talisay City which is also in Cebu province. The 2 Visayan cities remain under lockdown.